K12 Headlines

11/4/2011

11/4/2011

Alabama's attorney general is questioning the U.S. Justice Department's legal authority to get enrollment information about all students in many Alabama school districts as part of its federal lawsuit challenging the state's tough new immigration law.

11/4/2011

The Michigan Senate passed legislation Wednesday that requires school districts to develop anti-bullying policies, but the father of the boy for whom the bill is named says he has strong objections to language inserted at the last minute.

11/3/2011

11/3/2011

Blackboard Inc. announced a series of new initiatives to provide greater support for open education efforts. Working with Creative Commons, Blackboard will now support publishing, sharing and consumption of open educational resources (OER) across its platforms.

11/3/2011

Determined to successfully increase reading proficiency across all grade levels, the award-winning Lexia Reading program has been implemented in nearly 75 schools and districts across the state of Mississippi. In a recent national sample, 87 percent of K-3 at-risk students using Lexia Reading advanced one or more grade levels to finish the year working on grade level material.

11/3/2011

Research studies of mathematics education in high-performing countries have concluded that the mathematics curriculum in the U.S. must become substantially more focused and coherent to improve math achievement. Staff Development for Educators published a whitepaper to assist school administrators in evaluating the implementation strategies for this next generation approach to math instruction.

11/3/2011

Registration for the world's largest student rocket competition is open now through November 30. The Team America Rocketry Challenge will accept up to 1,000 student teams in grades 7-12 from any U.S. school, home school or non-profit youth organization.

11/3/2011

School districts across New York State could win as much as $75 million in grant money if they can prove to state education officials that they have been able to raise performance and have new ideas for further gains, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced.

11/3/2011

An Indianapolis woman who is suing a suburban school district that stopped running free school buses could be joined by thousands of other parents, her attorney said.

11/3/2011

Back in May, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education fired off a joint letter to all school districts in the nation reminding them they risked losing federal funding if they violated the Supreme Court's 1982 ruling in Plyler vs. Doe by denying children access to a free education because of their immigration status.

11/3/2011

Under a plan approved unanimously by board of education members, San Diego Unified will consider school consolidations, which is a significant curtailing of a process that could have closed or consolidated more than a dozen schools across the district next fall.

11/3/2011

Colorado voters roundly rejected a ballot proposal to temporarily raise state income and sales taxes to help boost public education, a defeat political analysts said was no surprise given the weak economy.

11/3/2011

Iowa students made little to no gains in reading and math on a national exam while their peers nationwide showed improvement, according to a report.

11/3/2011

For years, leaders such as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and former first lady Laura Bush have said teachers need to be paid more. But researchers from two conservative think tanks say otherwise in a report released.

11/3/2011

Halloween has passed, and with it all of the goblins, and ghosts and other things intended to leave us frightened.mOr have they? A look at the recent news would lead you to believe New York City's parents are facing the biggest specter of all: that public schools will begin teaching your children sex education.

11/3/2011

A prolonged effort to clarify the state's special education regulations has hit a stumbling block. Many members of the state Board of Education don't understand some of the proposed changes or the impact they would have on a student's ability to get needed services.

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